Immy Kaggwa wasn’t just hunting for a brick-and-mortar location for her pop-up specializing in East African cuisine. With regular prep get the job done through the 7 days and then touring from farmer’s industry to festival to beer garden on the weekends, Kaggwa just did not have the time to look at that alternative.
“During the summertime, I am active 24/7,” Kaggwa states.
But when Michael Vitucci and his spouse tasted some of Kaggwa’s cooking at the Shorewood Farmer’s Market place, the possibility alternatively arrived seeking for her. Vitucci, who owns Izzy Hops and Uncle Buck’s, insisted Kaggwa desired a location of her have. He just so occurred to very own a vacant developing on the East Facet located at 2845 N. Oakland Ave., the previous dwelling of Persian cafe Shahrazad.
“We talked and then I kind of claimed, ‘Okay, that does not sound far too terrible,’” Kaggwa states.
The cafe, which will carry above the title Immy’s African Cuisine, will however offer you popular menu things that have gained more than industry-goers like Vitucci, such as Kaggwa’s curry chicken and sambusas. Having said that, with a even larger kitchen area house, Immy’s African Delicacies will be equipped to broaden its menu, giving goods like chapati, a style of flat bread that demands a messy dough-kneading prep, earning it a tough item to make though on the street.
The restaurant will also be capable to offer each day specials. The mainstay menu things hail from the East Africa area, but Kaggwa would like to be in a position to discover the cuisines of the rest of the continent as perfectly. She points to West Africa dishes like fufu, a doughy finger typically dipped in sauces, and egusi, a vegetable-packed soup designed from ground melon seed, as specials she wants to tackle.
“The additional house will enable me to be additional artistic and to build other products that i was not in a position to promote for the reason that I was always on the road, ” Kaggwa suggests.
Immy’s African Delicacies designs to also have a retail area, the place premade dishes can be taken dwelling and heated up. There will also be a curated range of African beers and wine obtainable, as nicely as chilly tea. Kaggwa is also hunting into strategies to make the most of a shipping method.
If all goes according to program, Immy’s African Cuisine is aiming to be open by March 1 in 2022.
But even then, Kaggwa doesn’t strategy on sitting down continue to for extended. Immy’s African Delicacies will nonetheless continue to make its competition runs and pop up at the Shorewood Farmer’s Market. Festival goers will be pleased to discover that they will not have to hold out right until Wisconsin decides to eventually heat up to get pleasure from Kaggwa’s cooking all over again.